While the nation of Estonia was under Soviet military occupation, and the Soviets were attempting to eradicate Estonian ethnic identity, national choral festivals were the means of maintaining Estonian identity. This ethnography allows Estonians to tell their story of how singing ethnic and Christian music helped them to become free. Profound insights into culture and music provide insight for the church in the West.
This article examines the necessity for and implications of personal transformation as a result of the teaching/learning process. What evidence does Scripture give of this as the purpose and desire of God? How does learning theory support this goal? What elements and conditions foster transformation in learners? What educational assumptions must be examined if one intends to teach for transformation? What response must be called for?
Willow Creek Community Church is an outgrowth of a youth ministry at South Park Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. In 1974, Mark Senter interviewed Dave Hulmbo, who, with Bill Hybels, was leading this ministry to youth. In his own words, David Hulmbo tells of the principles and insights that ultimately led to the birth of Willow Creek Community Church.
How culture interacts with spirituality can be seen clearly on the college campus. Dennis Holinger has observed and chronicled insights into the trends and thinking of college students regarding their understanding of the nature of Christian spirituality and Christian living. Descriptions of a fragmented, emotive, and anti-institutional spirituality provide grist for educational ministries with students in the local church.
Long time educator Robert Ferris has struggled in his own thinking regarding the fuzzy boundaries that separate the Christian liberals arts college from the Bible college. In this brief, highly personal essay, he provides a helpful distinction that will be useful to students, faculty, administrators, and mission agencies.
As the United States becomes an increasingly secularized society, even Christian college students are withdrawing from participation in the local church. Bruce Kreutzer studies 112 undergraduate students involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to determine their religious orientation, religious beliefs, and attitudes towards the church, and then to determine also if any correlation exists between these three factors. The results provide helpful insight into the attitudes of college students who profess faith in Christ towards the local church.
Poem by Jackie L Smallbones